A collaborative platform for resilience in tourism-dependent conservation.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created multiple disruptions to the way society works: the near total suspension of global travel is one of these. Where global tourism revenues have been helping to deliver biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods, the pandemic has dramatically altered the trajectory of many local economies.
The Luc Hoffmann Institute aims to incubate a new Collaborative Platform that can support marginalized rural community stakeholders who are the custodians of the landscapes and wildlife on which tourism depends, all while helping to amplify existing fundraising efforts.
Vizzuality has partnered with the Luc Hoffmann Institute to create and temporarily host a database that connects donors with those who need support.
“While there are many initiatives to raise money for wildlife areas, there has been less focus on supporting rural community stakeholders who are the custodians of the landscape and the wildlife on which this tourism depends. We think that a collaborative platform can address this shortcoming while also amplifying existing fundraising approaches.”
Jon Hutton, Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute.
The first priority of the project is to deploy relief funds to those who have lost jobs and incomes. Datasets that include information on tourism hotspots, community locations, socioeconomic circumstances, wildlife priority areas, and policy jurisdictions, will be used to identify who should be receiving these funds. The Collaborative Platform aims to make that information easier to access and use.
Some of the data that’s needed already exists, but new data will also need to be collected and compiled. Our team of Scientists will ensure the data are stored securely and in a standardised way that makes insights easier to extract.